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10-year-old Siobhan Oman locks in a rear-naked choke on UFC Heavyweight Mark “Super Samoan” Hunt.

Schoolgirl takes on UFC Heavyweight

Mundaring Primary School student Siobhan Oman took on her toughest opponent last weekend, submitting UFC Heavyweight Mark Hunt outside Perth Arena.

The 10-year-old Mixed Martial Arts fan, who trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai at Kalamunda Kickboxing and Martial Arts, managed to lock a rear-naked choke onto the “Super Samoan” at a photo shoot to promote UFC 221.

Siobhan said she hoped to become an MMA fighter in the future

“I’m a white belt in Jiu Jitsu,” she said.

“I’m planning on doing Mixed Martial Arts in the future, I’d like to get more training in (in BJJ and Muay Thai) before I do it, but hopefully I’ll start soon.”

She originally started training in order to learn self defence, and she said that the environment at Kalamunda Kickboxing and Martial Arts was excellent for young people looking to learn new skills.

“I started it for school, not because I was getting bullied but so I would never get bullied,” she said.

“Also I just like the atmosphere when you’re training, it’s a nice calm atmosphere.

“It’s definitely improved my confidence.

“The training is really inclusive and it’s grown-up, we know we’re not there to fight, we’re there to learn.

“It was kind of intimidating walking in there for the first time but I’m really enjoying it now.”

She described Mark Hunt as an amazing fighter.

“He’s a really nice guy and he complemented the rear-naked choke I put on him.

“That’s worth a tip on my white belt, I think, I might have to speak to my coach.”

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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